What Are Keywords And Why Are They Important?


What are keywords? Keywords are words or phrases that define your content. They help searchers understand the topic or idea of your article.

In my post, I show you why keywords are essential for your website and how to use them in your blog title and meta description.

Let’s begin.

Why Use Keywords?

When your blog post appears in search results, you want searchers to click on your website link. How do you get them to click? You use keywords in your title to get the attention of the searcher. To let them know that your article is what they need.

If you want to rank high on Google, write content that meets the searcher’s intent. It’s Google’s job to match content with search queries. If your blog post is the best on the internet for a search query, Google will show your website link in its search results.

Google has millions of websites to use in search results. To rank, you need the best content.

Identify a searcher’s need, and write a blog post that offers solutions. Use phrases that appeal to that searcher.

Let’s look at how to get a searcher’s attention.

Use Keywords In Your Blog Title

When your website appears in search results, your blog title is essential. It is how searchers decide what article they want to read.

Here are some title tags for a search result about ‘how to start a blog’.

Google has a character limit on title tags. If you go over that limit, Google will truncate your title. The first two results on this list have three dots after the last word. The dots indicate that Google has truncated the title tag for the website.

The third result’s title tag is complete. When you are writing titles for your blog, take care not to go over the limit. Keep your title within the limit.

Let’s look at an example of a search query about golfing.

I typed ‘how to improve my golf swing’ into Google, and here is the first-page result.

First page search results

Put yourself in the shoes of the searcher. Ask yourself, what do they need? Write a title tag that appeals to the searcher.

The searcher wants to find a website that will help them improve their golf swing. Let’s look closer at the top three search results. How have they used keywords to get the attention of the searcher? Have they understood the searcher’s intent?

Number One Search Position

Number one search position

The number one spot’s title tag tells us that their top 10 golf swing tips are indispensable for someone who wants to improve their swing.

This website has an excellent title tag because it meets the searcher’s intent. They use keywords like ‘Tips’, ‘Best’, and ‘Ever’. They also included ‘Golf swing’. If the content is fantastic, this website has done a first-class job.

Number Two Search Position

Number two search position

The second spot website has a shorter title tag but lacks emotion. The first website used ‘Best’, ‘Tips’, and ‘Ever’. This site understands searcher intent, but the title is a bit bland.

Number Three Search Position

Number three search position

The third website also has a short title tag. The site matches the search query using keywords like ‘Swing a golf club’ but lacks emotion.

If I were the searcher, I think the first website would attract me because they understand my intent, use keywords from the search query, and use words to highlight the quality of their post.

Use Keywords In Your Meta Description

The meta description is the text displayed just below the title. It is a short introduction of what to expect if you go to this post. Your title tag attracts the attention of the searcher. Your meta description sells it.

I use a plugin to write title tags and meta descriptions for my posts. If you want to know how to use Yoast SEO to write your meta description, check out my post about changing title tags and meta descriptions.

Let’s look at the meta descriptions for the top three results of my golf swing search.

Top Spot Meta Description

Using keywords in the meta description

When you write blog posts, you can specify a meta description for that post. Unfortunately, you can’t force Google to use it. Google decides what meta description to use.

My tip is to use words from the search query in your meta description. Again, Google limits the character count. If you go over, the end of your meta description will have three dots, like in the above screenshot.

Google took a section of a comment to use for this site’s meta description, which I don’t think is good. That could mean that the post writer didn’t specify a meta description, or Google preferred to use something else.

After having an excellent title tag, I think the meta description could have been better for this site. What do you think?

Second Spot Meta Description

The meta description contains the keyword ‘Swing’ and asks an interesting question. The meta description tells us the tips are from a professional.

Third Place Meta Description

Third place search result

The meta description for this site is good because it uses keywords from the search query. Google helps bring attention to this by highlighting them in the text.

The description talks about learning how to swing frame by frame, discovering a new way to improve with teachers, weekly clinics, and a chance to analyze your swing.

I think this site has the best meta description.

Here is a video showing you how to use the Yoast SEO plugin to write your title tags and meta descriptions.

How To Change Your Title Tag And Meta Description On A WordPress Using Yoast Video Tutorial

What Does Google Want?

Google wants to deliver the best search results possible for each user. They do this by understanding the searcher’s intent.

Keywords in your title tag, meta description, and content help Google understand your blog post. It isn’t just about keywords. Your content needs to be top quality, too. If you have a blog post full of keywords but poor quality, you will not rank high, if at all, on Google.

Create an excellent title and meta description to get searchers to click on your website link and content that delivers a fantastic user experience.

Google is continually updating the way it analyzes content. If you publish excellent content, eye-catching titles and meta descriptions, you will do well on Google.

What Are Organic Keywords?

Organic keywords get your site shown in Google or Bing search results. If your content matches a search query, your blog post will show that you don’t have to pay money for this.

If the searcher is interested in your blog title and meta description and goes to your website, this is free (organic) traffic.

Website owners want free (organic) traffic. If you work hard to build an excellent informative website, you should get organic traffic.

What Are Paid Keywords?

Google has Google Adwords. Adwords are the sponsored ads you see in each search page result. Usually, they are on the right-hand side, along the top and bottom.

Google tries to show you ads that match your search query. They want you to click on a sponsored ad rather than an organic link.

If you click on a sponsored ad, Google gets a payment. If you click on an organic link, they don’t.

Paid keywords work the same way as organic keywords, but you have to pay to have an ad shown on Google and Bing searches.

It is possible to get on the first page of Google with Adwords, but it will cost you. Cost is by the keyword you want to target. The higher the competition, the higher the price.

How Do I Optimize Keywords?

A great way to optimize keywords in your posts is by using your Google Search Console. Your console shows you keywords generating traffic to your blog.

Look at the list and use keywords relevant to your post to expand your content. Make your content longer and more in-depth.

If you want to know how to use the Google Search Console to optimize your keywords, then I suggest reading my other article about how you can add ranking keywords to your content.

What Are Long-Tail Keywords?

Long-tail keywords are several words together to make one keyword phrase. Usually, more than three words together are considered long-tail keywords.

For example, if you wanted to write a blog post about golf, you will find it hard to rank for the keyword ‘golf’ because there is so much competition.

If you targeted something like ‘tips to improve your golf swing’, you would have a better chance to rank because you have targeted a more specific keyword, which means less competition.

Writing Content Tips

When writing content, use sub-headings, keep your sentences and paragraphs short, and use images throughout your post. Embedding videos also help keep your visitors engaged. Visitors to your website scan your content, and sub-headings help them find the section that interests them.

Conclusion

When you start blogging, there is so much information to absorb. To get your website posts on Google and Bing, you must produce top-quality content.

There are many factors that Google looks at to rank a website, the most important one is excellent content. When you search for topics to write about, choose a search query you know the answer to and can write an in-depth blog post.

Understand the searcher’s intent and title your blog post using keywords from the search query. Have keywords in your title tag and meta description. Also, use them in your content, but don’t overdo it. Your content should be easy to read, and you shouldn’t force keywords into your blog post.

I hope I have helped you understand keywords and why they are essential for your website. It is about clarity, keeping to the point, don’t add content for the sake of content to improve your word count.

When you finish your blog post, think about the original search query and ask yourself, did I answer this query 100%? If you were the searcher, do you have all the information? Or do you need another search?

Before you go back to your blog to review keywords in your title tags and meta descriptions, would you mind leaving me a comment? I would appreciate feedback from you. Let me know what you think. I enjoy reading your comments.

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